With Conan OBrien recently announced as the Roos comedy headliner, this years lineup is looking more and more promising as the weeks go by. Despite strong showings from a diverse stable of artists at last months local Road to Bonnaroo competition not to mention some impressively engineered laser-robot suits sported by Moon Taxi local new wave/dancy indie-pop outfit The Non-Commissioned Officers took home the gold, meaning theyre the first of four local bands to be offered a spot at Manchester, Tenn.s most swingin event of 2010. Well, round two of BMIs notoriously competitive Road to Bonnaroo series at Mercy Lounge is upon us, meaning were about to throw one more local act into the mix. This weeks bill includes frontrunners and heralded synth-pop masterminds How I Became the Bomb, fellow Holly House Collective members Shoot the Mountain and Tristen an indie-rock power trio and an idiosyncratic folk-pop songstress, respectively frantic rockabilly troupe Hillbilly Casino, pop rockers Brenn and Modoc (a la Kings of Leon) and relative newcomers The Kicks and Tessla Rossa. As always, the 8 off 8th is free, but last months show reached capacity pretty swiftly. Show up early.
Mon., March 22, 9 p.m., 2010